Only one more day until Easter! I remember decorating eggs and doing an egg hunt at home every year when I was a kid. Those were the days of rainbow easter baskets with cello grass, easter dresses with ruffled fold over socks and mary janes. In tribute to my childhood days, I decided to resurrect a craft project I did as a kid for Martha’s Good Egg’s promo.
- raw egg
- fleece in red, white, and orange or yellow
- craft googley eggs
- Elmer’s glue
- Campbell’s Chicken Soup can
- straw grass
- bias tape (optional)
- Drain egg by tapping bottom of egg firmly against hard surface like a kitchen counter.
- Using a pin, poke a hole on the bottom and slowly enlarge the hole by moving it around. I found it was best to use chopstick to enlarge the hole and drain the egg. This will take awhile so you’ll need some patience. There are videos out there that show you some techniques on draining an egg that you might want to view before starting.
- Rinse the egg shell and let dry.
- Empty soup can contents, making sure to keep the back of the lid attached. Look for soup cans where the tab is near the front so when you pull open the lid, it will stay attached to the back of the can.
- Rinse the can with a little bit of soap and water, being careful not to get the outside too wet.
- If you have bias tape, I suggest covering the edge of the can and lid because of the sharp edges. You can also cut out a piece of fabric to cover the lid for decoration before gluing on the tape.
- Create the nest by wrapping the straw around your fingers so that you have a large ring. Place this over the edge of the can. If you want, you can fill the can with newspaper and place the nest on top of this. It’s not necessary though.
- Place your egg onto the nest. If you want, you can also glue this to the nest now or wait until after you are done decorating it.
Now it’s time to decorate your egg! To create the pieces to glue on the egg, I just eyeballed the shapes while cutting the fleece. But, it might be easier if you draw out your shapes on paper and use these as a guide when cutting your fleece.
- Cut out the chicken’s comb from the red fleece and glue to the top. I sort of cut this with a concave bottom and scalloped top.
- Glue on the eyes. If you don’t have googley eggs, you can use black fleece or just draw on the eyes.
- Create the beak by cutting two triangles (with one convex side) out of the yellow/orange fleece. Glue the beak by attaching the curved side to the egg.
- Create the chicken’s wattle from the red fleece and glue under the beak. These looked sort of like two droopy raindrops.
- Lastly, cut out two white wings. These sort of look like teardrops. Glue to the sides of the egg.
That’s it! Try this project with your kids on Easter, they’ll love making their own little pet chicken. 🙂
Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’d like to share this cute duct tape bow pencil case I made based off Paper Pastel’s Bow Pencil Case Video Tutorial. I really liked this project and thought to myself, I wonder if I can replicate it with duct tape! I think it turned out great. 🙂 Make sure you make the case a little wider if you plan to store unsharpened pencils in your case. My case ended up being 8 inches wide and 5 inches tall.
- 1 patterned duct tape roll (I used Duck Tape brand black and white houndstooth)
- 1 solid color duct tape roll (I used black from Alex Toys, it looks and feels like faux leather)
- 1 solid metallic color duct tape (I used a skinny silver from Alex Toys)
- self-adhesive velcro dots
- exacto knife
- Create a 10.5 in. wide x 8.5 in. long duct tape sheet by slightly overlapping five 10.5-in. pattern strips. Try lining up the pattern as you go.
- Flip the pattern side over so the sticky side is up. Start covering the back side in the same way with the solid color duct tape.
- Rotate the sheet so that the strips are vertical. Cut two 8.5 in. x 1 in. strips. Place one strip over the top edge of the sheet and fold over, making sure half is on each side. Do the same with the other strip for the bottom edge.
- Trim the sheet so you have a straight-edge 8 x 10 in. duct tape sheet. Fold the sheet in half so that the bottom trim meets the top trim. I chose to put my pattern side on the inside of the case. You can choose whichever side you like, it’s up to you!
- Cut two 5 in. x 1 in. strips and seal the left and right sides to form a pocket.
- Take a look inside!
- Without cutting from the duct tape roll, start taping the skinny strip to the case about 1/3 from the bottom on one side. This 1/3 will end up being the bottom of your bow. Then, wrap the tape all the way around the other side and bring it to the top. Leave about 5 inches at the top and cut. Fold the strip down to cover the sticky side but fold down enough so that 1/2 in. overlaps with the case. This means that the sticky side of the skinny tape will not go all the way to the top of the solid side of the case. This allows for flexibility when wrapping.
- Add velcro dots to end of skinny tape and to the bottom of the case.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that it inspires you in the way PaperPastels inspired me!
Thank you to Yolanda for allowing me to post these photos!
Since I’ve been sick, I had to miss Halloween at work this year but I still wanted to post these fun pumpkin decorating ideas for you. The teams got together and decorated some pumpkins at work mid October. On Halloween, we hosted a contest and everyone got a chance to vote.
For my pumpkin, I used craft paint to paint my mini pumpkin black. Then, I used some decorating gem stickers I found at Target to create a spider web. To finish up, I used black pipe cleaners to make a small spider to place on the web.
Halloween is so much fun and if you have little kids, decorating pumpkins can be a lot easier than carving pumpkins. They are less messy and the small pumpkins are only about $0.59-$2. We painted the above pumpkin using Martha Stewart’s craft paints in pearl blue and pink.
Decorating pumpkins is also a great creative team building idea and would be easy to do at work too.
I found this craft project on Martha Stewart’s website. I really liked the concept but I wanted to go for a more holiday glam look so I set out to Michael’s to find the right ribbons. I decided on an offwhite pearlescent cardstock and to make it easy, I bought a pack of coordinating ribbons from the Martha Stewart collection. I had some silver tinsel ribbon and silver ribbon at home that I added to the mix as well as silver star brads that I used for the tree topper.
The ribbons I bought were actually self-adhesive so it was quick and easy to lay out the ribbons and make a bunch of cards. The final step was to sew down the middle for that extra handmade touch.
Check out my chocolate peppermint house! So it’s not quite gingerbread… I picked this kit out because it was different from the typical ones you find at the stores. I got this cool kit at one of my fave places, CostPlus World Market. I placed it on my cake stand and used it as a centerpiece for my coffee table.
Merry Xmas Eve All
How cute are these little pink ballerina shoes?!? I found these at a holiday craft fair at the kid’s elementary school. These were handmade by the seller. She had so many cute barrettes and hair accessories, I had a tough time deciding what to get.
I was so inspired and impressed by her work, I even invited her to set up a booth at the holiday craft fair at my work! If you’re interested, here’s a link to her website: http://www.pickinicki.com/